Amelia’s Magazine | Kimberly Anne describes the making of the Bury It There video

Kimberly Anne Music by Tom Radclyffe
Kimberly Anne Music by Tom Radclyffe.

She went to the Brit School and she’s got a honeyed voice with a gorgeous edge but Kimberly Anne is cut from a different mould. Having worked with a series of high profile collaborators she took time away from music in order to learn what she really wanted to say and how she could create it herself: the results were worth it and then some. From the spare room of her father’s house she has crafted, from start to finish, a beautiful song which describes efforts to shake off the melancholy state that can be so hard to escape after the end of a romance. In the stunningly simple video Kimberly Anne needs no glitz or glamour to showcase her charms… instead she appears in every frame covered head to toe in what seems to be ash, physically shaking the past from her body. Doing everything her way has resulted in ‘juggling a few too many balls’ so it took Kimberly awhile to describe the making of this video… read on, listen and enjoy. Hers is a talent worth waiting for.

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When considering whether to create a video for ‘Bury It There’ I went through a number of ideas but eventually decided not to go ahead unless I had a strong creative concept. My heart sinks sometimes when I see videos by independent artists like me who kill themselves attempting to make videos look 100 x times more expensive than it needs to be. I don’t thinks lots of cash equals a good video and some of my favorite videos from artists just execute a simple but effective idea on a small budget. Also I’m pretty skint after making my ‘Bury It There’ EP so needed something cheap!

Kimberly Anne by Samantha Eynon
Kimberly Anne by Samantha Eynon.

Almost two years ago I took sometime out from music, I really wasn’t happy with what I was creating and the pressure I had put on myself to write music to please a lot of people around me and not myself. I promised myself I wouldn’t pick up my guitar again until I knew exactly what I wanted to say and how. Luckily things started to click back in place around a year ago when I started to demo a few ideas, the first one being ‘Bury It There’. Reconnecting with music and creating material that came quite naturally was really liberating. Being someone you’re not is exhausting and that’s why I think my relationship with music really broke down before. Before embarking on recording the new tracks I planned a photo shoot with a good friend and documentary photographer Charlotte Emily Groves, I knew I’d need an image online to promote the material. Having been away from creating work for so long I sort of felt like I was coming out of storage and emerging from the rubble wiping the dust off of myself. As an artist not very comfortable with getting too tied up with my physical appearance, I wanted to avoid using my energy and limited financial resources on getting someone in for hair and make up! So my answer was to buy two bottles of talcum power and cover myself from head to toe.

Kimberly Anne
The striking ghost like appearance seemed to capture people’s attention and imagination, which I liked. I wanted to experiment with how the talcum power would look on film so approached videographer Ryan Say of Dead By Cinema. I’d recently admired his work with duo Death Rattle and I asked if he’d be up for joining me in my mum’s shed for a day and filming me looking like Casper. He agreed (great guy). When I considered the powder within the context of the song, I realised it also represented the melancholy state that it’s hard to escape after a break up or bring turned down romantically. The more you try to shake it off, the more it seems to surround you. 

Kimberly BURY IT THERE EP - COVER
If only all music was made with such integrity. The ‘Bury It There’ EP is out now, available from itunes.

Kimberly Anne
Video Credits:
Videographer: Ryan Say 

Editor: Ryan Say

Makeup/Hair: Talcum powder

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Amelia’s Magazine | Kimberly Anne introduces new EP Liar

Kimberly Anne by Melissa Pierce
Kimberly Anne by Melissa Pierce.

South London born and bred, singer songwriter Kimberly Anne bears her heart on her sleeve, sharing life and love in soulful songs such as Almost On My Feet, which was originally written when Kimberly set herself a challenge to write and record a song in under four hours. Here she introduces the Liar EP, made with a selection of acclaimed producers: Mark Crew (Bastille), Rich Wilkinson (Lianne Le Havas, Bombay Bicycle Club), and Charlie Hugall (Florence & The Machine, Ed Sheeran, Lucy Rose).


Who is a Liar, and why did you write about them?
I am the Liar, especially to myself but purely in a idealistic romantic way. In relationships I tend to photoshop out the blemishes and crop a well composed image on how it like things to be instead of dealing with things properly. I hid from my feelings a lot in the past and thought it was easier to carrier and play house then confront the things that were rocking the boat. It can feel innocent enough fooling yourself, after a while the fantasy will merge with reality and just result in a bit of a blur of feelings. At the same time as fooling myself, it has sadly resulted in deceiving and hurting others which I felt I needed to talk about in ‘Liar’.

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What else inspired the lyrics on the record?
This collection of tracks came together and just felt right but now I’m getting a chance to stand back and listen having had a little space I can hear a unintentional theme of general heart ache. Generally a bit depressing but we’ve all been there when it feels like your heart has been in a blender, I just hope a positive can come out of it if someone else out there takes comfort in being able to relate.  

Kimberly Anne By Amelia Grace
Kimberly Anne By Amelia Grace.

How did you get involved with your roster of producers for the new EP?
Production is so important to me so getting it right it key. A lot of the track I record start of as my home produced demos, so when searching for a producer I really want to find someone who can develop and mature my ideas without losing whatever worked about it originally. It’s a real skill and working with a hands on artist like me isn’t always easy, I’m sure I’m a massive pain in the arse! 
It feels amazing to have had the opportunity to look at the albums sleeves of some of the records that I admire with strong production like Bombay Bicycle Club, Bastille and Lucy Rose and be able to approach those involved to see if they wanna come and hang with me. Sometimes if I’m lucky they say yes. 

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I hear you have a number of interesting collaborations in the line, can you share any secrets with us?
Yes the collaborations project is feeling very exciting right now! I wanted to have a little musical adventure and team up with a few artists around right now that I just love. Many are completely different from myself which is the best thing. It’s so liberating to break out of your comfort zone and be challenged to take musical risks you wouldn’t normally if working alone perhaps. One of the artists I will reveal is the stunning D/C, he’s beautiful soul/electronica has had be stalking his YouTube videos for three years. I’m so chuffed to have finally been able to get in a room with him and write. 

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You recently headlined at the St Pancras Old Church, what was the highlight of the evening? 
As the gig was taking place in a church I really wanted to include a moment that connected with the more traditional use of the space. A choir was just a must have but as the count down to the show got closer and closer I had no positive leads so was looking really unlikely. Luckily 5 of my amazing friends stepped in at the last minute and joined me in performing a cover of ‘Maps’ by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. They were stunning and it was made all the more special having my nearest and dearest up there on stage with me. 

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I believe you are a south londoner like me! Where abouts did you grow up and how has it affected your outlook on life?
Sowft Landon indeed! I grew up in an area around Crystal Palace, the only park in the UK I am aware of with dinosaurs. I still go and visit them when I need a good old think! It was cool being a little out of the way of the main city to be honest but I knew it was never too far away if I needed it. Similarly a bit of country air and green fields was only a 45minute journey away too so if felt like I was nicely sandwiched in the middle. South London was definitely the diverse environment, it fascinated growing up being surrounded by such varying cultures and food. Learning swear words in other languages as a teenager was also pretty essential. 

The ‘Liar’ EP by Kimberly Anne is out now on Polydor Records.

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Amelia’s Magazine | Kimberly Anne describes the making of the Bury It There video

Kimberly Anne Music by Tom Radclyffe
Kimberly Anne Music by Tom Radclyffe.

She went to the Brit School and she’s got a honeyed voice with a gorgeous edge but Kimberly Anne is cut from a different mould. Having worked with a series of high profile collaborators she took time away from music in order to learn what she really wanted to say and how she could create it herself: the results were worth it and then some. From the spare room of her father’s house she has crafted, from start to finish, a beautiful song which describes efforts to shake off the melancholy state that can be so hard to escape after the end of a romance. In the stunningly simple video Kimberly Anne needs no glitz or glamour to showcase her charms… instead she appears in every frame covered head to toe in what seems to be ash, physically shaking the past from her body. Doing everything her way has resulted in ‘juggling a few too many balls’ so it took Kimberly awhile to describe the making of this video… read on, listen and enjoy. Hers is a talent worth waiting for.

YouTube Preview Image
When considering whether to create a video for ‘Bury It There’ I went through a number of ideas but eventually decided not to go ahead unless I had a strong creative concept. My heart sinks sometimes when I see videos by independent artists like me who kill themselves attempting to make videos look 100 x times more expensive than it needs to be. I don’t thinks lots of cash equals a good video and some of my favorite videos from artists just execute a simple but effective idea on a small budget. Also I’m pretty skint after making my ‘Bury It There’ EP so needed something cheap!

Kimberly Anne by Samantha Eynon
Kimberly Anne by Samantha Eynon.

Almost two years ago I took sometime out from music, I really wasn’t happy with what I was creating and the pressure I had put on myself to write music to please a lot of people around me and not myself. I promised myself I wouldn’t pick up my guitar again until I knew exactly what I wanted to say and how. Luckily things started to click back in place around a year ago when I started to demo a few ideas, the first one being ‘Bury It There’. Reconnecting with music and creating material that came quite naturally was really liberating. Being someone you’re not is exhausting and that’s why I think my relationship with music really broke down before. Before embarking on recording the new tracks I planned a photo shoot with a good friend and documentary photographer Charlotte Emily Groves, I knew I’d need an image online to promote the material. Having been away from creating work for so long I sort of felt like I was coming out of storage and emerging from the rubble wiping the dust off of myself. As an artist not very comfortable with getting too tied up with my physical appearance, I wanted to avoid using my energy and limited financial resources on getting someone in for hair and make up! So my answer was to buy two bottles of talcum power and cover myself from head to toe.

Kimberly Anne
The striking ghost like appearance seemed to capture people’s attention and imagination, which I liked. I wanted to experiment with how the talcum power would look on film so approached videographer Ryan Say of Dead By Cinema. I’d recently admired his work with duo Death Rattle and I asked if he’d be up for joining me in my mum’s shed for a day and filming me looking like Casper. He agreed (great guy). When I considered the powder within the context of the song, I realised it also represented the melancholy state that it’s hard to escape after a break up or bring turned down romantically. The more you try to shake it off, the more it seems to surround you. 

Kimberly BURY IT THERE EP - COVER
If only all music was made with such integrity. The ‘Bury It There’ EP is out now, available from itunes.

Kimberly Anne
Video Credits:
Videographer: Ryan Say 

Editor: Ryan Say

Makeup/Hair: Talcum powder

Categories ,Brit School, ,Bury It There, ,Casper, ,Charlotte Emily Groves, ,Dead By Cinema, ,Death Rattle, ,Kimberly Anne, ,Ryan Say, ,Samantha Eynon, ,Tom Radclyffe

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